Just this past week, MSC Seaside, the newest cruise ship in the world, began sailing to the Caribbean from Miami. If you’re not familiar with MSC Cruises and love cruising to the warm waters of the Caribbean, here are ten ways that MSC Cruises is elevating the Caribbean cruise experience.
12 New Cruise Ships – MSC Cruises christened two new cruise ships in 2017 and has an astounding 10 more new cruise ships scheduled to debut over the next 10 years. Two of the ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Meraviglia, will be sailing out of PortMiami by 2019. MSC Seaside was recently christened PortMiami and is unlike any other cruise ship sailing to the Caribbean. Not only will the ship turn heads, but the ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than any other cruise ship in the world.
Let’s be honest, you don’t cruise to the Caribbean to stay inside. It’s all about the sun, getting a tan, and enjoying the calm, blue water. With all of this outdoor space on MSC Seaside, passengers will be closer to the sea than ever before. From the extra wide outdoor promenade to the three separate pool areas (four if you count the Yacht Club), it’s no wonder that MSC Cruises calls this “The ship that follows the sun”.
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Choices – MSC Cruises is all about choices. After all, it’s your cruise and you love to have options. Dining has all of the options that we are now accustomed to, early/late seating as well as anytime dining. There is also a great variety of specialty restaurants that include an American steakhouse, sushi, seafood, Asian, and Teppanyaki. MSC will fly in fresh sea bass, oysters, and other seafood from the Mediterranean each week. No other cruise line does that.
However, the biggest choice will be when it comes to entertainment. MSC Cruises is known for their award winning shows, and on MSC Seaside, there are three different showings each day in the theater so everyone can see the shows that they are interested in without dinner plans getting in the way. There are also seven different Broadway style shows, one for each night of the cruise.
Family Cabins – In an effort to be the most family friendly cruise line, MSC Seaside has three cabins side by side that can open up and hold up to 10 passengers. This is perfect for large families who like to cruise.
Solo Cabins – Since no one enjoys paying double occupancy when you cruise solo, the Meraviglia class ships have cabins for solo cruisers that will also have a shared lounge.
Wearable Technology – MSC Cruises has been working on wearable technology that promises to do everything that the Ocean Medallion from Carnival Corp. will do, and even more. Wearable technology, whether in a watch, bracelet, necklace, or by another method is the future of cruising. This will help the cruise line cater to your interests giving you the best possible cruise experience.
MSC Seaside has over 3,200 beacons and 660 access points onboard. You’ll be able to open an app and see exactly where you children are on the ship at all times. The beacons are also used to show you exactly where you are on the ship using the deck plans on the app. You’ll never have to worry about finding your way around a new ship again.
Smoke Free Casino – While the casino on MSC Divina is entirely smoke free, MSC Seaside will have a separate section for smokers. This will allow everyone to be happy, especially since you often have to walk through the casino to get from one end of the ship to the other.
Ship for Adventurers – MSC Seaside not only has the longest zip line at sea (longer than a football field), but the vessel also has the largest and most interactive waterpark ever found on a cruise ship.
App/Tablets – Passengers can download an app (MSC For Me) before their cruise and enter their preferences on it. Once on board, crew members will have tablets that will be able to instantly pull up that information. This will be perfect not only for passengers who travel with food allergies, but those who want a custom cruise experience catered to their likes and dislikes.
Future of Cruising – The future of cruising will be all about accessibility. It will be affordable, but not done in a “cheap” manner.
Bonus Reason – I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Ocean Cay, the private island experience in the Bahamas being built by MSC Cruises. Ocean Cay will be an exclusive 85 acre Bahamian Marine Reserve that will have a dock so there will be no need for tendering.
The island will have six different beaches, an exclusive spa and wellness sanctuary for MSC Yacht guests, an inland lagoon for absolute tranquility, a thrilling zip line that crosses over the island, and a pavilion for weddings and celebrations. Ocean Cay will open in the fall of 2019 and MSC Seaside will make weekly visits from PortMiami.